Breast Cancer Types, Symptoms and Treatment


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, this type of cancer occurs as a result of unrestrained diseased growth which begins in the tissues of the breast. Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death; it disturbs one in eight women in the U.S. This article will provide you information on breast cancer symptoms and treatment.

Types of Breast Cancer

There are different types of breast cancer such as ductal carcinoma (most common form), lobular carcinoma, invasive or infiltrating breast cancer which spreads out of the original tumor site and attacks other parts of breast and body.

Inflammatory breast cancer occurs in the skin and Paget’s disease of the nipple. This type of breast cancer can cause the breast to appear red and swollen. Constant itching in breast skin, warmer, harder, firmer breast, sudden increase in breast size, inwardly turned nipples are also symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Here is a list of main and commonly observed breast cancer symptoms for women.

Tenderness around the nipple

A remarkable change in the size or shape of the breast
Dimpling or wrinkling in the skin of the breast
Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola
A lump or thickening in or near the breast
A breast lump which is non-tender
New pain that develops in one spot
Discharge (fluid) from the nipple, especially bloody discharge

Breast cancer treatment

Breast cancer treatment varies according to the type of cancer and the extent to which it has spread. Treatment of breast cancer includes numerous choices such as surgery (removal of the cancer tumor alone or in some cases mastectomy, removal of breast), radiation therapy, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and/or chemotherapy.